Christopher Luederitz

Christopher Luederitz
McGill University | McGill · Desautels Faculty of Management

PhD

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Introduction
My research focuses on urban sustainability transformations, university-based labs, and action-oriented knowledge for sustainability. I am interested in knowledge processes and collective actions for sustainability, working with craft breweries and food businesses to learn about ways how to accelerate system change. Generally, I'm enthusiastic about transdisciplinary research, action research, and engaged scholarship.
Additional affiliations
September 2016 - present
University of Waterloo
Position
  • PhD Student
October 2014 - April 2016
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Position
  • Research Associate
June 2014 - July 2014
Lund University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
September 2016 - August 2020
University of Waterloo
Field of study
  • The role of knowledge and action in supporting small businesses to engage in learning processes for sustainability transformations
September 2012 - June 2014
Lund University
Field of study
  • Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science
October 2009 - July 2012
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Field of study
  • Environmental Sciences and Economics

Publications

Publications (25)
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Sustainability transitions aim to comprehensively address key challenges of today's societies through harmonizing ecological integrity and social viability. During the last decades, increasing attention has focused on the conceptual development and identification of trajectories that navigate societies toward sustainability. While a broad agreement...
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Small‐ and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) can play a crucial role in advancing environmental and social well‐being. Yet various—often conflicting—explanations have been offered to clarify why SMEs pursue sustainability. Some arguments foreground possibilities of profit maximization, whereas others emphasize individual values and convictions. Resea...
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Sustainability science needs more systematic approaches for mobilizing knowledge in support of interventions that may bring about transformative change. In this Perspective, we contend that action-oriented knowledge for sustainability emerges when working in integrated ways with the many kinds of knowledge involved in the shared design, enactment a...
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Research on sustainability strategy in large corporations has shown that carefully planned strategies can address environmental and social concerns. However, we still lack clarity on how small businesses form sustainability strategies. Assuming that small businesses can—or should—carefully plan strategies is inappropriate considering that such orga...
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The dominant narrative to motivate business actors to take climate actions emphasizes opportunities to increase monetary gains, linking sustainability to the financial goals of these organizations. The prevalence of monetary motivations in sustainability communication among businesses, consultancies, academics and international organizations has ma...
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Entrepreneurship has emerged as a key element for experimentation and niche innovation in sustainability transitions. Yet, its contributions beyond this initial stage and the multi-pronged role that entrepreneurs can play in transformation processes remain elusive. In response, we conceptualize and empirically illustrate how entrepreneurs can contr...
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Since antiquity, philosophers in the Western tradition of virtue ethics have declared practical wisdom to be the central virtue of citizens involved in public and social life. Practical wisdom is of particular importance when values are conflicting, power is unequal and knowledge uncertain. We propose that practical wisdom and virtue ethics can inf...
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We are an international collective of Early Career Academics (ECAs) who met throughout 2020 to explore the implications of COVID-19 on precarious academics. With this intervention, our aims are to voice commonly shared experiences and concerns and to reflect on the extent to which the pandemic offers opportunities to redefine Higher Education and r...
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Entrepreneurship may be one entry point to trigger transformations toward sustainability. Yet, there is limited knowledge on the ability of small‐ and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) to play a role in transformation processes, beyond the initial stages of niche innovation. Building on data collected through 125 interviews in Toronto, Vancouver and...
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Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) often require external support to make progress on sustainability and contribute to both environmental integrity and social well-being. Previous research has highlighted the important role of local governments and business networks as intermediaries in facilitating sustainability-action in SMEs and the purs...
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Formalised knowledge systems, including universities and research institutes, are important for contemporary societies. They are, however, also arguably failing humanity when their impact is measured against the level of progress being made in stimulating the societal changes needed to address challenges like climate change. In this research we use...
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Transformations of the industrialized food sector toward more sustainable food production, manufacturing, and consumption take place through individual and collective learning processes. Achieving transformational change requires intra- and inter-organizational learning to embed alternative principles in business operation, foster new social arrang...
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Within the next two decades, large areas will be converted into urban environments, a process that will include enormous transformations in economic activity, environmental health, and social justice. To address these complex problems, scholars use the metaphor of the “urban metabolism,” describing an understanding of the interdependencies and dyna...
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Urban heat waves are an increasing phenomenon around the world. Over the last decade the combination of climate change and the urban heat island effect have resulted in rising temperatures in cities. The related heat stress has severe impact on urban populations and infrastructure. However, it is unclear to what extent solutions to urban heat waves...
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We continue to understand little about how to best design and operate transnational collaborations between universities to advance research and education for sustainability. This article explores general practices in transnational research and teaching that can provide information and inspiration for the sustainability field. The article follows a...
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Sustainability science encompasses a unique field that is defined through its purpose, the problem it addresses, and its solution-oriented agenda. However, this orientation creates significant methodological challenges. In this discussion paper, we conceptualize sustainability problems as wicked problems to tease out the key challenges that sustain...
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Transitions towards sustainability are urgently needed to address the interconnected challenges of economic development, ecological integrity, and social justice from the local to the global level. Around the world, collaborative science-society initiatives have emerged that develop, test, and implement experiments in support of sustainability tran...

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